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HR doing non HR work
HR doing non HR work
It is becoming apparent that many HR professionals are doing work that cannot be called HR-related duties for some time now - a situation that may have become more so since the pandemic.
And HR people may have been doing this kind of non HR work either on an ad-hoc or permanent basis.
Non HR work are those duties that are performed outside the HR department and do not come under the HR functions.
This has complicated the role of the HR person in the organisation and it may not commensurate with the compensation that they receive.
HR Poll: Do you perform non HR work?
Yes, on an ad hoc basis: 41.94%
Yes, on a permanent basis: 56.45%
HR Poll: Is your HR role becoming more complicated?
Not sure: 2.08%
REPLIES & COMMENTS
I think doing purely HR work is more exciting and enriching. Yes, doing non HR work can be a learning experience, but it does not allow me to focus on what I want to do for the staff. - Sharon
It depends on individual companies. Usually SMEs, because of budget constraint, might need HR professionals to do the non HR work. I personally feel that I gain additional experience and it boost my CV. - Elsie
It should not be on a permanent basis. Ad hoc is still okay. - Vivian
Company security, manage hygiene and cleanness in the workplace are some of the non HR duties that HR might carry out in the workplace. - Joanna
I am fine as long as it does not add to my current workload. - CC
If it is to enable the business, I think it is acceptable. However, if the workload increases by a lot, probably a non-HR person should be assigned to handle these kinds of cases. - ASH
In a small company, HR has to multitask and not be able to focus on strategic HR initiatives. - Evelyn
Non HR work is considered "multi-tasking" which management prefers HR personnel handle. This, however, confuses staff and think HR is undertaking all kinds of general administrative and operational matters and they approach the wrong persons when it comes to HR matters. - Jenny
At times, doing non HR work may be unavoidable as there are no other suitable persons to do it due to the shortage of manpower. - YBW
As HR is a business partner with the organisation, we probably need to do some non HR work in order to contribute more. - Wendy
In my view, management may not be clear about the role that HR plays in the organisation. - Fyn
I find ad hoc tasks distract me from my priorities, especially when they always seem to be urgent and on the go. - Cameron
It depends on the size of the organisation. In a small company, everyone, not just HR, has to do all the work and cover others who may be absent. - Yang
During difficult times, everyone has to provide support. And the employer should appreciate and reward our efforts. -VS
You cannot avoid non HR work if you are employed by an SME. - Michelle
If you are working for an SME, most of the time there is not much choice. - Adeline
Not exactly more complicated, but the HR role has become more complex, as it is to be expected in this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) era. Doing work outside mainstream HR can be great eye-opening experiences for HR people, especially those who are sheltered from the daily business challenges. Over the course of my HR career, non-HR experiences paid dividends in the form of personal and professional growth way above compensation. - CS
Someone has to do the work. - Joseph
It is all part of admin duties anyway - Audrey
Most of the time the employer and people in the organisation like to group HR with administration. So those administrative and office matters will come to us. - CKL